JRC launches the European Alien Species Information Network
Invasive species – non-native organisms that become established in a new environment – present a serious threat to biodiversity and natural resources, with an economic impact estimated at around € 12 billion per year. The JRC has launched today EASIN, the European Alien Species Information network, which provides online data about more than 16 000 alien species currently reported all over Europe. It provides an important step forward to deal with the threat that they become invasive.
This network is the first of its kind in Europe and facilitates the mapping and classification of alien species by indexing reported data from over 40 online databases. Through dynamically updated web features, users can view and map the distribution of alien species in Europe and select them using criteria ranging from the environment in which they are found (terrestrial, marine or fresh water) and their biological classification through to the pathways of their introduction.